Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bug Saga. Supper Out,

Well I ended up with something of a ding dong with the super's wife this afternoon (Tuesday) with the result I have said screw it and ordered myself a hand held steam cleaner. What really teed me off was her telling me I could not have been told something by the exterminators because they didn't tell anyone else the same. Nothing infuriates me more than being told something couldn't have happened when it did. I don't know what they will do about our existing bugs, but once I get my steamer I don't give a damn. It is recommended for bed bugs and costs about $50 all told. Turning out to be an expensive proposition all told.

Did you pick up on the comments yesterday when JoJo Earle said she had been told to buy cheap clothes to go to Disney which she could abandon there and buy more to come home again. All because of bed bugs. I can't believe that. I do of course, because JoJo said so. What about the bites whilst you are there? I think, to me, the biting is the worst because it is an invasion of my bed, my comfort zone, etc.

Anyway, I was so teed off tonight that we went out for supper. Chose the Souvlaki Flame which I
mentioned a couple of weeks ago. We started with a serving of Dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) between us which were served in avgolemono sauce (egg and lemon) delicious. We both had souvlaki, me pork and Matt chicken. It came with a salad, rice and roast potatoes. Matt could teach them a thing or two about roasting potatoes, but they tasted good. It was very enjoyable, especially as I didn't have to cook. Decided to have some baklava after. Mistake, it was tasty but very dry. I told the waitress and she said she would pass my comment on. I hadn't realised before but they do take out and the waitress, Jamie, gave me their take out menu. They are just along the road from us, so useful. Not that we eat out or do take out that much but....

So, now, we are having a drink. I need one. We also watched On the Waterfront. Haven't seen that in many a long year. It really was a good movie. Didn't realise Frank Sinatra was originally slated to play the Marlon Brando part.

Lasagna was never a biggie in the UK for us, or for anyone I knew. Not like it is in North America. I have only ever made one once I think. However, I did like the sound of this.

Bacon 'n' Egg Lasagna



1 lb diced bacon
1 large onion, chopped
1⁄3 cup flour
1⁄2-1 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups milk
12 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
12 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
2 (8 ounce) cups shredded swiss cheese
1⁄3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

In skillet, cook bacon until crisp.
Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels.
Drain, reserving 1/3 cup drippings.
In the drippings, sauté onion until tender.
Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended.
Gradually stir in milk.
Bring to boil and cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Spread 1/2 cup sauce in greased 13x9x2" baking dish.
Layer with four noodles, a third of the egg and bacon, cheese and sauce.
Repeat layers twice.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350°F for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
Sprinkle with parsley.
Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
*Can be made the night before and refrigerated.
To serve, remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Bake as above.
Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - good luck with the bed bug scenario .. very difficult. Going out sounds good - I enjoy that sort of meal ... and I don't tend to make lasagne for me, but do for others .. it's a good stand-by for large crowds or family dish .. cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks, looks like I need good luck Hilary. It was good going out.

  2. That super's wife sounds a piece of work. I hope the steamer works for you. I've got one. Very useful for cleaning without chemicals.

    1. It's recommended for bed bugs Helen so here's hoping.

  3. Yeah I wondered about Russell's rationale with the clothes, b/c we'd still be getting bit overnight and I don't want that to happen at all. Thank god for the Bedbug Registry website. He'd taken his kids to Disney years ago and they stayed in 'Port New Orleans' so I looked it up and they have a ton of bedbug complaints now.

    1. I didn't realise that was Russell's rationale JoJo, I thought it was what Disney had told you. Despite that registry, the bed bug people assure me that all hotels have them.

  4. That recipe sounds delicious; will have to make it some time. I think the super and his wife are probably tired of dealing with the problem, but no need for her to take it out on you, especially if you knew what the exterminators had told you. Wise to take matters in your own hands and get the steam cleaner. I thought fleas were bad, but bed bugs seem worse.


    1. Thanks Betty. As for the bugs, I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy. Or maybe I would in this case!!!!

  5. I read this morning they can hide in the baseboards. Make sure they've sprayed them well. Such evil critters...bugs and the super.

    1. Not sure which is the most evil Liz. Yes, I knew they could hide in the baseboards. That is one of the places they steamed. They are so tiny, there is no end to the places they can hide.

  6. I would have nightmares about the bugs. I never had bacon lasagna but it sounds pretty good.

  7. So basically she's telling you that you made it up! Boy, that would annoy me. I'd probably collect as many bed bugs I could in a folded piece of paper and stick it under her door. I can be vindictive like that. Good luck with the steamer. It will be $50 well spent I hope.

    1. You`re right Pinky, that is what she`s saying. I like your idea of revenge. I hope so, it is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

  8. Nothing is worse than when you have to deal with a ding dong. I hope the steamer works but I would contact the Landlord and Tenant Act. I hope you had a nice time out for dinner

    1. The steamer has arrived Birgit, but now I find out, on line, that it is unwise to use it without consulting the pest control people because we could stir up any chemicals they have used. Yes, we did enjoy our dinner out.